Brit goes to space with a balloon, a camera, and duct tape

View of the earth from space.
NASA or Robert Harrison? (OK, this one is NASA...)

I appreciate being sent this item (thanks, BB!) about Robert Harrison — a 38-year-old IT director from Highburton, West Yorkshire — who for just under US$750 has taken photographs and video from 22 miles up that has impressed some at NASA who said they would have spent a few million dollars to produce the same results.

Check it out yourself: “Journey into space with a balloon and duct tape” from yesterday’s Times Online out of the UK.

Million-plus dollar results for just under $750.  Maybe we should ask this Brit if he would kindly help our Congress come up with a health care policy…

The article contains a link to his own website which, due to large media attention, has been overwhelmed with hits to its server.  However, it has been temporarily redirected to a Flickr.com page that contains his photographs until the traffic press dies down and he can move back to his normal webpage.  The pictures and video are gorgeous and remind me of a time in history when science wasn’t such a big budget enterprise.

The West Yorkshire Aeronautics and Space Administration, anyone?

Why are you still here?  Check it out! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Brit goes to space with a balloon, a camera, and duct tape

  1. Balloon angioplasty is one thing. But if this man tries to solve health care problems with duct tape — well, I personally might look for a different doctor. 🙂

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